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Atala quandry

Old 08-27-13, 07:33 AM
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Atala quandry

So an old Atala has come into my possession and it is too small for me. Along with it I have 2 sets of campy wheels (high flange) and 2 "Extra" drive trains, neither of which are on the bike. I am going to sell some, if not all of this. My question is this: should I take the time to restore it as much as possible and sell it like that or should I turn it into a SS/Fixie, sell that locally, and then try to off load parts online. Basically the idea of shipping a bike is less than appealing to me and living in the Cville/Richmond/DC area I am pretty sure some hipster would pay top dollar for an italian frame with campy wheels. Will post pictures when I get home, btw.

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Old 08-27-13, 07:52 AM
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I have gone the 5 speed IGH route on an Atala for my dad. (My parents both had them in '73. I got my father's stolen as a teen) Lovely bike. However, I think the old Atala frames ride just great (seems to be an opinion echoed on BF, despite the appearance of the workmanship on the bike boom Atalas)

They were the bargain of their day; the cheapest alloy wheel/ decent drivetrain bike available, and the 70/70 geometry was forgiving and invited long comfortable rides.

Don't fall into the hipster frenzy too much. Throw the parts you have on it and sell it cheaply to someone who will appreciate it as a road bike. IMO, the geometry is too slack for it to make a truly fun urban fixie anyhow.

I still have my mother's orange one, now with plenty of surface rust and fading, but will build it up as a road bike for my son when he outgrows his Dawes junior road bike. I have fond memories of MS150's on it when I was 12 and 13.

Here's the bike I (and my bike shop) did for my father. Wasn't cheap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buOqyhNESu0
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